The New York Times, Monday, August 7, 1933
Text of Untermyer’s Address
Following is the text of Samuel Untermyer’s address last night over Station
WABC after his return from Europe:
I deeply appreciate your enthusiastic greeting on my arrival today, which I
quite understand is addressed not to me personally but the holy war in the
cause of humanity in which we are embarked, Jews and non-Jews alike, for we
are equally concerned that the work of centuries shall not be undone, and
that civilization shall not be allowed to die.
The world will confront a picture so fearful in its barbarous cruelty that the
hell of war and the alleged Belgian atrocities will pale into insignificance as
compared to this devilishly, deliberately, cold-bloodedly planned and already
partially executed campaign for the extermination of a proud, gentle, loyal, law-
abiding people (the Jews) to whom Germany owes in large part its prosperity
and its great scientists, educators, lawyers, physicians, poets, musicians,
diplomats and philosophers, who are the backbone of its past cultural life.
For the Jews are the aristocrats of the world.
On the defensive side will be the economic boycott against all German goods,
shipping and services.
What we are proposing and have already gone far toward doing, is to
prosecute a purely defensive economic boycott that will undermine the Hitler
regime and bring the German people to their senses by destroying their
export trade on which their very existence depends.